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2008-07-23 03:00:58

A GP who gave a potentially suicidal patient sleeping pills faces being struck off. Dr Iain Kerr, 61, prescribed 30 sodium amytal pills to a retired businesswoman in 1998 after she told him she had considered suicide. Yesterday, a General Medical Council fitness to practise panel told him that it was "inappropriate, irresponsible, liable to bring the profession into disrepute and not in your patient's best interest". The same ruling was made against the Glasgow GP for failing to refer...

2008-07-21 15:01:02

A GP who gave sleeping pills to a patient so she could kill herself branded the law out of step. Dr Iain Kerr gave the pills to the 87-year-old woman as an "insurance policy" after she expressed fears about how she would die. The Glasgow GP, a former member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Scotland, defended his actions during a General Medical Council misconduct hearing. He said: "The law of the land is often out of step with what might be called natural justice or social justice...

2008-07-21 15:00:21

A GLASGOW GP accused of prescribing tablets to an OAP to help her kill herself has come under fire from a GMC expert. Dr Leonard Peter told a General Medical Council hearing that the standard of care provided by Dr Iain Kerr fell far below that expected of a general practitioner. Dr Peter was called to give evidence by the GMC's counsel on the third day of the hearing in Manchester, which is considering Dr Kerr's fitness to practise medicine. The panel has already been told Dr Kerr...

2008-07-21 12:01:25

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP who prescribed sleeping pills to a pensioner who wanted to kill herself said he felt he had a duty to help people who wanted to die. Dr Iain Kerr, who practises in Clarkston, in the suburbs of Glasgow, told a General Medical Council hearing yesterday that the law did not always reflect what was right. The 61-year-old, who gave the pills to the pensioner as an "insurance policy" after she expressed fears about how she would meet her end, became...

2008-07-18 12:00:26

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP accused of prescribing sleeping tablets to enable a pensioner to end her life was criticised by a General Medical Council expert yesterday . Dr Leonard Peter told a GMC hearing that the standard of care provided by Dr Iain Kerr, from Glasgow, fell far below that expected of a general practitioner. Dr Peter was called to give evidence by the GMC's counsel on the third day of the hearing which is considering Dr Kerr's fitness to practise...

2008-07-17 12:01:18

A SCOTS GP in favour of assisted suicide told patients he belonged to the Euthanasia Society , a hearing was told yesterday. When interviewed by police, Dr Iain Kerr, who practises in Clarkston, admitted he had mentioned being a member of the society - even though he wasn't - "because it gives patients the choice of discussing end-of-life matters". The 61-year-old is accused by the General Medical Council of supplying an elderly patient with sleeping tablets so she could take her own...

2008-07-16 15:01:08

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A SCOTTISH GP in favour of assisted suicide told patients he belonged to the Euthanasia Society as a way of opening discussion on the topic, a hearing was told yesterday. When interviewed by police, Dr Iain Kerr, who practises in Clarkston, Glasgow, admitted he had mentioned being a member of the society - even though he did not belong "because it gives patients the choice of discussing end-of-life matters". The Herald revealed on Monday the...

2008-07-15 12:01:00

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT SHE was described as being unhappy with her quality of life and her level of mobility, yet she also played bridge with friends and talked about going on holiday, according to the evidence submitted to a General Medical Council hearing yesterday. In fact, the 87-year-old patient at the centre of the case against Glasgow GP Dr Iain Kerr was "quite an independent lady for her age". Her private carer, known as Jacqueline White, went shopping with her...

2008-02-07 15:00:00

A medical examiner's report that actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of several prescription drugs is a warning not to mix medications, doctors in North Jersey said Wednesday. Ledger, the 28-year-old Australian star of "Brokeback Mountain," died from a lethal combination of prescription painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs, the New York City medical examiner said. The findings came two weeks after Ledger was found dead in the bed of his rented SoHo apartment....

2005-11-11 15:28:04

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While sedative drugs, such as Restoril and Ambien, may improve sleep in older people with insomnia, the risks of such therapy may outweigh the benefits, according to investigators in Canada. The findings are based on a review of 24 trials that included 2417 subjects aged 60 or older who were treated with so-called sedative hypnotic pills or inactive placebo pills for insomnia. The subjects received the assigned pills for at least five consecutive nights....


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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